Home Facts 12 Facts You Never Knew About January
1. January was called “Wulfmonath” by The Anglo-Saxons as it was the month hungry wolves came scavenging at people’s doors.
2. The Romans named it January after Janus, the God of gateways or Beginnings and Transitions.
3. Janus had two heads so he could look in both directions, back at the old year and forward towards the new year, at the same time.
4. According to the International Standard Organisation’s ISO 8601, week 1 of any year is the week including January 4
5. Daytime temperatures in January make it the coldest month of the year in the UK. February nights are colder in England (but not Scotland).
6. The zodiac signs for the month are Capricorn (until January 19) and Aquarius (January 20 onwards)
7. The only Shakespeare plays that mention January are Much Ado About Nothing and Winter’s Tale.
8. The birthstone for January is the garnet; the flower is the carnation.
9. The first recorded reference to a “January sale” in the UK was in 1865.
10. There is a variety of cold-tolerant winter cabbage grown in England known as January King.
11. More couples separate or divorce in January than in any other month.
12. In all years, January begins and ends on the same day of the week as May of the previous year.